Short CV/Education and training

Additional Functions / Tasks at the Hewbrew University (during the last five years)

  • Since 2021
    Academic Coordinator of Diversity and Equal Opportunities, Faculty of Humanities

  • Since 2021
    Member of the Ethics Committee, The Program in Cultural Studies

  • Since 2020
    Head of the Program in Cultural Studies, Faculty of Social Science and Faculty of Humanities

  • 2018 – 2019
    Member of the Higher Committee on Ethics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Since 2018
    Member of the Academic Committee of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • 2014 – 2019
    Principal Investigator, European Research Council Project “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990.”

  • 2013 – 2017
    Member, Academic Committee of the Center for Literary Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Appointments at the Hewbrew University

  • 2016
    Tenured Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English and the Program in Cultural Studies

  • 2006 – 2015
    Tenured Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English and the Program in Cultural Studies

  • 2003 – 2006
    Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English and the Program in Cultural Studies

  • 2002 – 2003
    Golda Meir Fellow, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English

  • 1999 – 2001
    Teaching Associate, Rank of Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English

Higher Education

  • 1998 – 1999
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of English, Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship under the sponsorship of Dr. Shuli Barzilai

  • 1992 – 1998
    Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Department of Comparative Literature and Poetics, Shirley and Leslie Porter School of Cultural Studies, Ph.D. (with distinction), under the supervision of Dr. Hannan Hever

  • 1985 – 1991
    Tel Aviv University, Department of Comparative Literature and Poetics, Master of Arts degree (summa cum laude)

  • 1982 – 1984
    University of the Witwatersrand, Departments of Hebrew, English and Comparative Literature, Bachelor of Humanities degree (magna cum laude).

Selected publications

  • Her translation of Ariella Azoulay’s Civil Imagination: A Political Ontology of Photography was published by Verso in 2011.

Books

  • Bethlehem, L. (2006). Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and Its Aftermath. xvii +145 Pages. Pretoria: Unisa [University of South Africa] Press; Leiden: Koninklijke Brill NV.

Recent Edited Volumes

  • Bethlehem, L. and Zalmanovich, T., (eds). (2020). “Celebrity and Protest in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle.” Special edition of Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies, 34(1), 128 Pages. Taylor and Francis: London and New York.

  • Bethlehem, L., Dalamba, L. and Phalafala, U., (eds). (2019). “Cultural Solidarities: Apartheid and Itineraries of Expressive Culture,” April 2019. Special edition of Safundi: Journal of South African and American Studies, 20(2). 114 Pages. Taylor and Francis: London and New York.

  • Helgesson, S., Bethlehem, L., and Han, G. B. (PI), eds. (2018). “Cultural Solidarities: Apartheid and the Anticolonial Commons of World Literature.” 116 Pages. Special edition of Safundi: Journal of South African and American Studies, 19(3). London and New York: Taylor and Francis.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Lahaie, A., Barnai, S. and L. Bethlehem. 2021. “Choreographing Ideology: On the Ballet Adaptation of Peter Abrahams’ _The Path of Thunder_ in the Soviet Union,” in The Cultural Cold War and the Global South: Sites of Contest and Communitas, edited by Kerry Bystrom, Monica Popescu and Katherine Zien, 287-301. London: Routledge.

  • Bethlehem, L. 2018. “Continuity and Change in Postapartheid Fiction,” Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Literature, Online, 6,000 words. (Invited Article).

Selected Articles

  • Bethlehem, L. (PI), (2022). “Hydrocolonial Johannesburg.” Special Issue: Reading for Water edited by Isabel Hofmeyr, Charne Lavery and Sarah Nuttall. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. (Invited article).

  • Tal, N. (PI) and Bethlehem, L. (PI). 2020. “South African Text; Zionist Palimpsest: Israeli Critics Read Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 19(4): 450-471.

  • Bethlehem, L. (2018). “Restless Itineraries: Anti-Apartheid Expressive Culture and Transnational Historiography.” Social Text 36 (3 [136]): 47-69.

  • Bethlehem, L. (2017) “Miriam’s Place”: South African Jazz, Conviviality and Exile,” Social Dynamics 43(2): 243-258,

  • Bethlehem, L. (2015). “Scratching the Surface: The Home and the Haptic in Lauren Beukes’s Zoo City and Elsewhere,” Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa 20(1): 3-23.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation, 1948-1990.

  • European Research Council Consolidator Grant: APARTHEID-STOPS (2014-2019)

  • This project traces the global diffusion of South African cultural formations, whether textual, musical or visual in a Cold War setting. The apartheid government exiled political activists, intellectuals, writers, photographers and musicians. Texts depicting racial oppression circulated within transnational networks. Images were disseminated by the mass media. Sounds traveled, whether as the radio broadcasts of displaced writers or as the jazz performances of exiled musicians. Cultural mediation is integral to these outward itineraries. Through the lens of cultures of resistance to apartheid, my research team and I seek to explain how South African political dissidents, writers, musicians, artists and photographers frame questions of social justice and racial equality for—and within—other global constituencies.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • One year of service on Israel Science Foundation Committee

  • Active reader for the National Research Foundation of South Africa

  • Louise Bethlehem sits on the international advisory boards of African Identities, African Studies, Critical Arts: A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies, English in Africa, English Studies in Africa, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Mafte’akh: Lexical Review of Political Thought, Poetics Today: International Journal of Literature and Communication, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, and Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa.

Additional qualifications

  • Louise Bethlehem has described herself as a “long-distance South African” in the poet Denis Hirson’s phrase. She maintains an active research presence in South Africa, where she has had a long association with WISER: The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.

  • In Israel, she was a member of the original group of scholars who successfully instituted the Inter-University Program in African Studies, presently running between three Israeli universities.


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • She is the proud mother of two extraordinary young adults, Idan and Maya Shabat.


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